Cosmetic Fillings & Contouring
Cosmetic filling are aesthetically suited for front teeth, but are often used throughout the entire mouth,
Silver colored fillings can ruin a smile depending on their placement. There are alternatives such as materials made from porcelain and composite resins, which are colored to match natural tooth enamel.
Unfortunately, few materials can match the strength and durability of dental amalgam and such, may need more frequent replacement. Therefore our office is an amalgam-free office. Common amalgam alternatives include:
A mixture of resins and fine particles designed to mimic the color of natural teeth. While not as strong as dental amalgam, composite fillings provide a pleasing aesthetic alternative. Sometimes, composite resins need to be cemented, or bonded to a tooth to allow for better adhesion.
Like composite resins, these materials are tooth-colored. Ionomers are made from a combination of various materials, including ground glass and acrylic resins. Ionomers are typically used for fillings near the gum line or tooth root, where biting pressure is not a factor. They are more fragile than dental amalgam, however, a small amount of fluoride is released by these compounds in order to facilitate strengthened enamel in the affected area.
This material is usually a combination of porcelain, glass powder and ceramic. Candidates for porcelain fillings are typically crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays. Unlike ionomers, porcelain fillings are more durable but can become fractured if exposed to prolonged biting pressures.
Cosmetic contouring is most useful in cases of slight to moderate overlapping of the front teeth, slight rotation of the front teeth, uneven wear, or teeth that don’t have their biting and incising edges in harmony. Cosmetic contouring can often be done in one visit.
Cosmetic contouring and reshaping procedures can remedy, and in many cases, greatly improve these conditions. For example, an uneven or crooked tooth can be gently reshaped by removing a small amount of enamel, to correct the alignment.